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BorderLore, June 2016 
Learning nourishes us in ways that are everyday, and pervasive

It's one of those weightless gifts we carry with us throughout life. It connects us through channels that otherwise might not be linked, and helps us discover what is not so obvious.  
Learning builds our passions. It pushes us beyond the classroom, bringing us in contact with diverse fellow learners, some of whom become our mentors and friends. Through them, or our own inner guides, we discover still-uncultivated perspectives, sometimes crossing borders in our explorations.

Learning also helps us to stay put. When it does, we are able to delve deeply, becoming profoundly personal with knowledge of our choosing. We cultivate these intimate places through academic pursuits or thoughtful everyday conversation, strengthening mutuality with like-minded, and enlarging our community with those of new disciplines.  In rare cases, we also are privileged to learn from elders who, after holding on to authentic ways, are asked to impart their accumulated knowledge to others.  From them -- particularly when their diverse traditional skills are fully respected and celebrated -- the community benefits within many dimensions.

This BorderLore edition roams freely around far-flung corners of education in community life, and the learning it all imparts:  
Learning as Tolerance -- In this Muslim holy month of Ramadan, we take an Iftar evening meal with TMY friends, and reflect on how we learn through tolerance, folklife, and traditions that help put life in balance. Read more here.  

Street as Symposium -- How streetscapes impact community learning, and how our public spaces are diversified learning resources that inspire community betterment, in an interview with Corky Poster, here.

Nature as Teacher -- We learn what our native flowers and plants are teaching us, and how we may prepare for the monsoon season, in this discussion with rainwater harvester Brad Lancaster, here.

Learning about Self -- The Mapping Q exhibit now underway at the UAMA illustrates how LGBTQ+ youth are exploring representations of self within art, museums, and the wider community. Read about the exhibit, which runs through July 31, 2016 at the UAMA, here.

  • Get ready for TMY -- our community's most joyous and tasty celebration of living cultural heritage! This year's TMY will be held October 7, 8 & 9. As always, volunteers are our essential collaborators: The Festival experience builds skills and friendships, in addition to honoring community folklife. Which enriching volunteer experience will be your choice this year? Learn about the diverse opportunities, here.

  • This month's News & Resource Roundup is here.
End Notes... 
Sometimes the most important part of learning is listening, and staying immersed in a process without a definite endpoint. When we do this, we discover what engages us, and what lights a fuse of knowledge for ourselves and others. It's at this point that education evolves into lifelong learning experiences, inspiring us to be alchemists of our destinies, and ever-curious about the possibilities. 
Learn in Full Color: "...At some level it starts out as two people sitting down and having an awkward conversation and exchanging ideas and learning things about each other that they wouldn't have learned if they hadn't agreed to share a space...."
W. Kamau Bell, comedian and host of CNN United Shades of America 
   (in online Parle magazine interview)  

Learn from Elders: PBS Circle of Stories, on preparing a traditional meal,
by Rosella Goodwill Archdale, full blood Lakota from her mother's lineage,
and full-blood Dakota from her father's lineage
Learn to Be Flexible: "Want to teach philosophy? Use Harold and the Purple Crayon. Financial literacy? The Berenstain Bears. Even math is a little easier with help from Pete the Cat."
2016, Southwest Folklife Alliance. All rights reserved. BorderLore is the e-news magazine of Southwest Folklife Alliance. The study and documentation of folklife involves the accurate representation of people's viewpoints in their own terms; quotes and opinions expressed in interviews with individual tradition bearers do not necessarily reflect the sentiments and opinions of BorderLore editors, the Southwest Folklife Alliance or any specific person or entity at the University of Arizona. 
Managing Editor:   Monica Surfaro-Spigelman
Contributing Writer: Kimi Eisele 

Thank you for reading this newsletter. We welcome your feedback, commentary and any suggestions or ideas. Write to us at:  swfolklife@gmail.com

Previous issues of BorderLore Newsletter are archived  here and here.